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Posted on Jan 12th 2013 at 06:29:19 PM by (noiseredux)
Posted under Sega, Sega CD




Of all the sports games out there, I doubt I've spent as much time on a single one as I have NHL '94. And really that's pretty impressive, as I've never been a hockey fan in real life. The only sport I've ever really followed is basketball. Though I've played many basketball games on various consoles, I can't even guess the hours I had sunk into NHL '94 before I even got to high school. Of course that was the Genesis version. By the time the Sega CD rolled around I actually did upgrade to the new disc-based port of '94, but by then I had sort of played my fair share of the game and wasn't as interested in sinking as much time into this new version. Which brings us to almost two decades later, as I have been building up my Sega collection pretty seriously with all of the focus on disc-based libraries. Though I've played a good handful of hockey games since (most notably NHL '06 on PlayStation 2 and NHL 2K on Dreamcast) it was a no-brainer that I should reacquire the Sega CD port of NHL '94 post-haste.





Mostly the Sega CD upgrade is the sort of shovelware that many gamers complain the console's library was full of. That is to say, it's basically the same game you already owned on Genesis with a few bells and whistles thrown in to justify it being re-released. That isn't entirely false. And it isn't entirely a bad thing either, at least now. Perhaps at the time it was disappointing to get what is pretty much just the same game again. But nowadays, there's no reason to not play this as it is still an excellent hockey game and the Sega CD version is still dirt cheap. In fact the only real negative I can come up with is that there are loading screens, although they're kept to a minimum and never really disrupt any of the games' flow.

Indeed this is still the same great NHL '94 you remember. It still controls wonderfully with a Genesis controller. It still rewards you for playing dirty -- is it just me or do the refs totally look the other way when you beat the tar out of your opponent? I mean I seriously brutalized every team I came across with the ultimate intention of injuring as many members of opposing teams as possible. By the end of the Playoffs I had still not sat a minute in the Penalty Box. And there is something really satisfying about hitting those computer plays hard. But I digress... the game also still has the same AI you remember as well. In some aspects '94 is a game that you can break pretty easily, at least against the computer. You can pretty much always just go to the right of the net, then head to the front of the net and the goalie will drop leaving it wide open for a shot. Because of this many of my games ended with 20-2 victories.





The back of the box boasts "500 megs of new features," so let's take a look at those. The Authentic NHL Footage is there. It's grainy, but it's there. And it really doesn't add much to the game itself. The Digitized Speech is pretty cool though. It's not in-game, but you get some nice spoken commentary before the games rather than just text. The CD Sound Effects are... well, I'm not sure they're any better than the Genesis game's sound effects. And the Real Organ Music is of course the usual selling point for a Genesis game ported to Sega CD. Yes, it's CD quality music. But of course it's not exactly a huge selling point in a game where it's used so sparingly. So ultimately the upgrade to CD isn't exactly necessary, but as I stated earlier you still can't really go wrong with a game like NHL '94 so I'd still recommend it to anyone looking to beef up their Sega CD collections.


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What a great game.  I think I may have to fire this game up before I head off to bedy-bye tonight.
 
In before Bil starts gushing.
 
I had a couple cousins who were way into NHL '94 for the SNES. They were pretty good at it, too, usually sweeping all the playoff rounds in blowouts to claim the Stanley Cup. I've been trying to add the SNES version to my stack, but for some strange reason I've yet to encounter it. Guess I should keep my eye out for the Sega CD version too, hmmm?


 
ROY-HOOO!
 
I already have the Genesis version and can confirm it's one to have.
 
I agree that it's essentially the same game as the Genesis and SNES cart versions.  Still, I adore this game.  There is a reason why it's still played today.
 
Man, this takes me back. I used to have this back when I was a kid, and I remember having a lot of fun with it, despite not being much of a hockey fan. I may have to look for this again, can't imagine a 19 year old sports game could cost that much or be terribly difficult to find.
 
I have NEVER been a hockey fan in my life.  But I spent "God knows how many hours" on this game for the Genesis when I was a kid.  Me, my brother, and a couple friends would play this game to death.

Great read and now I have to go downstairs and kick some AI butt on the ice.
 
Yea I spent a obsurd amount of hours into this game back in the day.  The Snes version and genesis version of the game anyways.  I still love this game til this day but I have not played it in a few years


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